Upcoming MG Astor to get 10.1-inch screen as standard with Android Auto, Apple Carplay
MG Motor India has revealed that the upcoming MG Astor mid-sized SUV will get a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment as standard across all variants. This will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, making the Astor the first in its segment to offer this across all trims.
2021 MG Astor features, interiors
Alongside the smartphone mirroring, the MG Astor will also get the JioSaavn music app as standard. The Astor will come with a Jio 4G connection to power its connected services which will include navigation through MapMyIndia, a Blockchain-protected vehicle digital passport by KoineArth as well as a feature that allows owners to reserve a parking spot through the infotainment. Also debuting here will be the Astor personal AI assistant, which can engage with the driver with human-like conversations and pull up information via Wikipedia. This assiatnt can also be used to access all of the SUV's functions and services.
In terms of the interior, these images show that top-spec versions of the MG Astor will get a dual-tone red and grey interior theme with a digital instrument cluster as well as Level 2 autonomous driving. There will LED projector headlamps, integrated LED DRLS and indicators and LED tailamps.
2021 MG Astor engines, gearbox
The regular MG ZS, which the MG Astor will be derived from, can be had with three engine options in international markets. This is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol with 115PS/150 Nm. Two turbo petrol engines are on offer as well, there is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 112PS/160 Nm and a 1.3-litre turbo with 126PS and 230 Nm. A six-speed manual and six-speed torque converter auto pair with these engines. We expect the N/A petrol to come here in manual as well as with the new CVT from the Hector while the turbo-petrol should get either the Hector's DCT or the international-spec AT.
2021 MG Astor production, expected price, rivals
The MG Astor is expected to be a volume seller for the brand, and the company expects this SUV to increase sales by up to 70 per cent. MG Motor India also hopes to fully utilize the available capacity of its Halol plant with this new SUV. When the MG Astor launches in India in a few weeks time, expect it to undercut competitors like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Skoda Kushaq on price. The range from start from Rs 9 to 10 lakh ex-showroom.
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